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Until the late 1800s, Singapore was a small, sleepy fishing village owned by the Malay Sultan Hussein of Johor. After the British East India Company led by Sir Stamford Raffles discovered its strategic value as a regional trading post in the early 1800s, the quaint fishing village quickly turned into a center of commerce and political importance for the thriving Southeast Asia trade economy. Despite ongoing conflict between other colonial powers, Singapore became a British Crown Colony in 1867, and colonial influences have since remained evident in architecture, education, and culture. Almost a century of economic prosperity followed, and Singapore developed rapidly into a major city with the influx of foreign investments and heavy immigration, largely from India, Malaysia, and China.

In the 1940s, however, Singapore suffered greatly during World War II as Japanese forces conquered the whole of Malaya, driving many of the British and other European colonists from the region. After just seven days of battle, Singapore fell, and British forces charged with protecting Singapore surrendered, commencing nearly 4 years of suffering under the Japanese.

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